I knew it would be fun to think up something to make with this week’s challenge ingredient – dates – based on the fact that you typically see them in sweets and breads and I’m just not a sweets kinda girl. So, that being said, it was definitely a challenge.
After making my recipe, I now know I will be using dates more often!
Here’s what I came up with:
Moroccan Chicken Pitas With Date Tabbouleh And Mint Yogurt
For the chicken:
1 package pita bread
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cumin
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tsp minced garlic
1 teaspoon ginger
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil
Combine all ingredients, from paprika down, in a small dish and stir thoroughly to combine. It should look like this:
And this smells awesome, by the way.
Using a meat mallet, pound the chicken breasts pretty thin – about 1/2 inch thick. Generously rub the spice mixture on all sides of chicken breasts, cover and let it sit in the refrigerator for about an hour.
For the tabbouleh:
2 bunches fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1/3 cup quinoa, cooked
2 cans petite diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 lemons, juiced
4 Mahjool dates, pitted and diced small
About 1/4 cup olive oil – (I didn’t measure!)
Combine all ingredients and adjust salt and oil to your preference. Cover and chill while the chicken is marinating – but first you should do like I did and dip a handful of pita chips in it.
For the Mint Yogurt Sauce:
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 small cucumber, diced
1 tbsp mint
1/2 lemon, juiced
Combine everything in a small glass bowl and chill.
When the chicken has marinated, prepare grill to medium heat. Grill the chicken until done – at least 165°. I like mine very done, even with some crispy edges.
Half the pita bread, and split open. Fill the halves with chicken, tabbouleh and finally the yogurt sauce.
This is good…very good.
Nutritionella wasn’t able to participate this week because she cut her hand on her food processor and had to go to the emergency room!! We hope it heals very quickly. Check out her post about it, as well as the other blogger’s challenge recipes:
From The Little Yellow Kitchen
carolinaheartstringsFebruary 2, 2011 at 2:36 PM
Wow is all I can say. Those look so fantastic.
JorieFebruary 2, 2011 at 1:00 PM
Yum. I love the idea of dates in a sandwich especially alongside the yogurt sauce. Trying it!
ElleFebruary 1, 2011 at 11:19 AM
This looks so delish! And satisfying! Thanks for making my stomach growl. 🙂 Nice work on the Challenge – I’ll be back in action for the next one!